Modeling How Violence Permeates Health and Healthcare

Although the effect of violence from war on health care workers and health services is well documented, little is known about the impact of violence caused by widespread organized crime activity. In this article published by Penn Today, PISC Postdoctoral Fellow Laura Vargas, PhD, MSW, MPA, discusses her recent work pioneering such a topic. In particular, one study led by her defined a model based off of 22 Mexican health care provider interviews, suggesting that violence should be considered a structural contributor to health and health disparities in Mexico. "Our research sheds more light on what we know about the multilevel impacts of violence on health care and health, which can inform the development and testing of interventions for providers, patients, and communities struggling everyday with violence,” says Vargas.

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